The Missing Link between LiveCode and Teachers
ambassador at fourthworld.com
Thu Apr 17 10:33:06 EDT 2014
Alejandro Tejada wrote:
> The Missing Link between LiveCode and Teachers is
> Hypermedia Learning.
> Recently, I was consulting EBSCO database:
> for articles and publications about
> My request to Kevin&Co. (RunRev) and Richard,
> as Community Manager is:
> Contact by email every author of Hypermedia
> books, article, tutorial and publication.
> Request them to test and use LiveCode
> as a Hypermedia learning tool and send
> directly to the mothership their comments
> about the suitability of LiveCode for
> this specific task.
I recently corresponded with Dr. Robert Horn, whose book "Mapping
Hypertext" was one of my favorites back when it was first published in
'89. The problems designers were facing back then were very new, and
Horn's richly-illustrated book covered the cognitive and technical
aspects of creating navigable hypermedia.
When I first started Fourth World my company description was "Hypermedia
Development Tools". Around the turn of the century I changed the
description, because even by 2000 the word "hypermedia" was sounding dated.
Today hypermedia is alive and well, bigger than ever really, just under
a different name: the Web.
In the 25 years since Horn's book so much has happened. Decades of
familiarity with hyperspace, first in HyperCard, then in other xTalks,
then in the Web, has made most folks using computers today almost
uncannily comfortable with mentally mapping non-linear hyperlinked media.
I do think you're onto something important. My only reluctance is to
use the word "hypermedia" in any contemporary context, as it's a lot
like trying to discuss water with fish - they have no concept of what it
is as distinct from anything else because they're so familiar with it.
Education, or more broadly, knowledge transfer, is the key to a better
future, not just for the learner but for the economy and even
civilization as a whole.
The power of computing to assist mental tasks, along with the global
interconnectedness computers are so adept at helping people do these
days, offer nearly unlimited potential to improve knowledge transfer
beyond anything previously conceivable.
And of course as a LiveCode fanboy, it seems to me that having a
programming language that makes true ownership of both local and global
computing accessible to anyone with a few weeks' time to invest in
learning it has the potential to be a major catalyst as this
still-nascent Internet Era unfolds.
When LC had their Kickstarter last year I reached out to pretty much
everyone I knew from the old "hypermedia" days, and even a few I'd only
heard of. At this point they're either using LC, considering it, or are
invested in something else.
I think the biggest potential for helping the world realize the role
LiveCode can play in knowledge transfer today is to look in the opposite
direction: the next generation.
As one example of a powerful intersection of interests coming together
well, check out this thread in the forums:
The Raspberry Pi is helping young people all over the world understand
that computing isn't some rarefied special thing other people make and
we merely use, but instead computing is cheap, ubiquitous, and something
we all can make. The 21st century isn't about users, it belongs to makers.
In that thread Hermann has been posting a series of stacks designed
specifically to run on the Pi build of LiveCode. Beautiful work,
And that's just one small corner of a world of possibilities.
I hope we can see a group of community members who have an interest in
using LiveCode in educational contexts come together to identify goals
and the tools needed to satisfy those goals, and then set about making
them and sharing them with the world under an open source license so
everyone on the planet can help enhance and proliferate them.
Maybe you'd like to help with that effort? If so drop me a note - we
have the forums, many servers, and a free and open LiveCode Community
Edition at our disposal. Everything is possible.
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